I figured since I'm on this forum I want to ask you all this, do video games cause mass shootings
Adequate mental health care might prevent some shootings but poor mental health is not a consistent profile of a mass shooter, and mental health is also too often appropriated as a distracting bludgeon and such to further stigmatize people suffering from mental health problems.the poor state of mental healthcare in this nation.
Re-reading over my post, I was a little harsh and I think that's because the topic of mental illness and the way that it interacts with violence really pushes my buttons with how it's discussed (I'm a very big mental health advocate, after all, and have an intimate interest in psychology), so I'm sorry about that. I know that a lot of that just comes down to society-wide ignorance on the topic and sensationalism (read: ableism) in media, and isn't necessarily the fault of the people posting it, and characterizing them otherwise is uncharitable of me. Like the euthanasia thread it's a little difficult to discuss this. It's especially so considering that since we're here on a video game board, a lot of us have probably had to deal with the "does violence cause video games?" discussion from outside so it elicits a negative reaction, causing some pushback like, "Hell no, mass shooters are just [insert negative adjective here]."I understand that some of the answers were really terse but I do believe that reaction partly owes to this question about a grave crisis affecting a country many of us live in being unsolicited and posed by an unfamiliar new user. It's quite a whiplash compared to the rest of the forum, in a similar vein to that one euthanasia thread, and it's such a shock that not many people are really willing to give much more detailed answer. I do think people in this thread have more detailed opinions (me included) this ongoing devastation, but the way the topic was done probably wasn't appropriate.
If you believe you were harsh in your tone, that didn't register to me, perhaps because I'm more accustomed to finding one or two people who argue in bad faith that tend to bring out more aggression.Re-reading over my post, I was a little harsh and I think that's because the topic of mental illness and the way that it interacts with violence really pushes my buttons with how it's discussed (I'm a very big mental health advocate, after all, and have an intimate interest in psychology), so I'm sorry about that.
It's a complex problem but I do believe we understand the basic gist of mass shootings:I won't pretend I know all the solutions because if someone did know, this problem would be solved already. All I know is that treating it with a broad brush just because the end result is similar is doing the topic a disservice.